Merry Christmas one and all!
I hope you got everything you wanted for Christmas, and I just want to take the time out to say thank you for reading this blog.
As I am sure you’re all eager to get back to the merriment of Christmas I give you my review for day twenty-five of the Short Story Advent Calendar. Merry Christmas!
A Chapparral Christmas Gift by O. Henry
First Appeared: Whirligigs (1910)
Print Length: 7 pages
Did I anticipate a wild west affair for the final day of the Short Story Advent Calendar? No. Did I mind reading about a wild west affair for the final day of the Short Story Advent Calendar? Surprisingly, no.
A Chapparral Christmas Gift tells the story of outlaw Johnny ‘Frio Kid’ McRoy as he terrorizes the wild west following his sweetheart’s, Rosita, marriage to another man. After shooting up their wedding, McRoy promises to come back and shoot Rosita’s husband, Maddison Lane, dead on a subsequent Christmas Eve.
When he tries to make good on his promise, dressed as Santa Claus, he overhears Rosita say that there is good in everyone, including McRoy, and he learns the error of his ways before he is shot dead by a spooked ranch hand.
It wasn’t a bad short story. As it was written in the early 1910s there is a bit of a language barrier if you are not use to reading text from that period. Also, as I am not a fan of the Western, some of the language used to describe certain events and figures were lost on me.
I did find myself enjoying the suspense on whether or not McRoy was going to follow through on his promise. I was actually really invested in him as a character, however, the short story was only seven pages long, and by the end of it I wanted to know more about McRoy’s misdeed’s that were not included.
Overall, I probably will not be getting the 2018 version of the Short Story Advent Calendar. 2017’s edition had a hard time deciding what it wanted to be with the inclusion of stories that fit the theme of winter and Christmas while also having stories that seemed to come out of no where and upset the balance. It is an interesting premise to have an advent calendar tailored to readers, but this, in the end, didn’t resonate with me in the way I was hoping it would.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Overall Rating for Advent Calendar: 2 out of 5 stars.
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